Hialeah Man Arrested for Lighting Eight Cars on Fire

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Between October 11 and October 29, several cars in a Hialeah neighborhood went up in flames. Two of which just happened to belong to the same woman.

Police have now arrested Armando Hernandez, 51, the woman's boyfriend, and charged him for the car-charring spree.

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Florida's Six Scariest Clown-Related Crimes

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There are a plenty of terrifying real-life Florida stories for Halloween, but let's be honest: Ain't nothing scarier than clown crimes. And the Sunshine State has had more than its share of felonious clowns terrorizing the population.

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Here's Video of a Miami Beach Cop on a Profanity-Laced Rant After Ticketing a Motorist

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Officer Kenneth MacLeod (right) confronts a driver on video.
The video begins with a motorcyclist waving a ticket he's just gotten from veteran Miami Beach Police Officer Kenneth MacLeod. "God bless you," the man says. Is there sarcasm in that remark? MacLeod certainly thinks so.

"You want to be a sarcastic bitch?" the cop asks, wheeling back around and getting in the man's face. "I'll be fucking a bigger bitch."

MacLeod is now under investigation over the profanity-laced tirade caught on video, Det. Vivian Thayer, a department spokeswoman, tells Riptide.

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Suspected Cat Killings in Palmetto Bay Turns Out to be Probably Just More Dogs

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In a bit of a twist on the old saying, dog bites cat isn't news... unless everyone thought it was a case of man using cat as a bow-and-arrow practice target.

Police in Palmetto Bay say that a string of cats found dead in the city last week were probably killed by one or more loose dogs, and not, as the owner of one victim surmised in interviews with local news stations, a man with a bow and arrow.

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Cat Killer Redux? Three Cats Found Dead in Palmetto Bay, Possibly Shot by Bow and Arrow

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Three cats have been found dead in Palmetto Bay in the past week, with at least one cat having been shot with a bow and arrow.

The news comes five years after several cats were found dead in Palmetto Bay and neighboring Cutler Bay. Police believed a human was behind the attack and Tyler Weinman, than a teenager, was eventually arrested. Though, no DNA evidence was found and at least some of the cats had bites caused by other large animals. Charges were eventually dropped against Weinman.

Though, the manner of death in one of the latest cases leaves little doubt that a human was involved.

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Miami-Dade Police Department Will No Longer Investigate Its Own Fatal Shootings

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MDPD video footage showing three officers (left) shooting an unarmed robbery suspect as he lay on the ground.
On June 30, 2011, Miami-Dade Police officers ambushed a band of robbers in the Redland, killing four -- including the cops' own informant -- in a fury of bullets without receiving a shot in return.

But when it came time to investigate the suspicious shootings, the agency leading the inquiry was none other than the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Yesterday, county commissioners voted to avoid such potential conflicts of interest by approving a deal for state investigators to look into MDPD shootings.

See also: Miami-Dade Police Lured Robbers to the Redland, Then Shot Them

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Feds Charge Miami Man With Making "Black Market Testosterone" Sold To MLB Players

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Last week, Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally selling testosterone from his Coral Gables clinic to hundreds of clients, including Major League Baseball players. Today, the feds have arrested another man who they say supplied some of that illegal testosterone.

Paulo Berejuk, a chemist based in Kendall, has been charged with making testosterone in his garage and then selling it on the black market.

See also: Tony Bosch Will Plead Guilty to Steroid Charges in Federal Court This Morning


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Miami Man Hit With $1.4 Million Bond After Getting Caught With 246 Undersize Lobsters

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Judges may set bonds over $1 million for serious crimes such as murder, high-profile cases, or for defendants who present a serious flight risk. Jorge Vargas simply got caught with some undersize lobster tails, so why did a judge set his bail at a hefty $1.4 million?

Well, Vargas was nabbed with a whole lot of lobster tails, and this wasn't the first time.

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Miami Police Could Start Steroid Testing Cops Next Month

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Former Miami Sgt. Raul Iglesias is serving a five-and-a-half year sentence for ripping off drug dealers. Another veteran officer says he was a Biogenesis client.
Last week, New Times revealed at least two Miami Police officers had been customers of Biogenesis, the notorious Coral Gables steroid clinic at the heart of Major League Baseball's biggest doping scandal, and that a former Florida Department of Health investigator refused to involve the force in his case after steroids went missing from an evidence room. So the timing was auspicious when, the same day the story landed, the Miami PD announced the force was close to instituting steroid testing for all of its cops.

Sgt. Javier Ortiz, the police union chief, says the timing was simply a coincidence. "I've received quite a few phone calls from officers and from the press, but there's no correlation there," Ortiz says. "They asked us to consider starting this last spring."

See also: Florida Investigator: I Warned Major League Baseball Not To Buy Stolen Records

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A Selfie May Help Miami-Dade Police Catch a Car Thief

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Jean Mirabal's attempt to buy a car couldn't have been a bigger disaster. After purchasing a Toyota 4Runner a friend had seen a for sale sign in at a gas station, Mirabal went to register the car at a tag agency only to find out that the car had been reported as stolen.

Two days later the car was in turn stolen from Mirabal's home.

Police however have an invaluable piece of evidence that may help them solve the crime: A selfie Mirabal's father took when they purchased the car that showed the man he bought it from in he background.


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